Northwood pose a tough test as Diamonds get back into action

Andy Peaks' AFC Rushden & Diamonds team face a tough test at in-form Northwood this weekend
Andy Peaks' AFC Rushden & Diamonds team face a tough test at in-form Northwood this weekend
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AFC Rushden & Diamonds will be back in action against one of the form teams in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central this weekend.

Diamonds head to seventh-placed Northwood who have moved into contention for a play-off place thanks to a seven-match unbeaten run.

And, on closer inspection, their league form is even more impressive with just one defeat in the last 12, which came against current leaders Chalfont St Peter back on November 21.

Diamonds boss Andy Peaks saw first-hand what tomorrow’s (Saturday) opponents have to offer as he watched them beat North Greenford United 1-0 on Tuesday night after his own team’s clash against St Ives Town was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at the Dog & Duck.

It has been a stop-start period for Diamonds as the midweek postponement followed on from Saturday’s clash with Arlesey Town, which was abandoned at half-time with the game goalless as heavy rain made the pitch unplayable.

But they remain second in the table, three points behind Chalfont with two games in hand.

And Peaks said: “It’s been a bit stop-start recently but it can’t be helped at this time of year.

“But we aren’t the only team going through that so it’s no excuse.

“We will have trained twice this week and we will be ready to go at the weekend.

“I watched Northwood on Tuesday and they are obviously in great form so it’s a tough game.

“I was sat with the Chalfont manager, who I get on well with, and we both agreed there will be plenty of twists and turns to come and there are a number of teams who will still fancy their chances.

“For me, the situation never changes. We have to make sure our own ship is in order. We have to make sure we are properly prepared for each game.”